Breed rescues and municipal animal shelters may have free shih tzus available for adoption. These organizations typically charge a fee, but some offer fee-waived adoption specials where dogs are available for free and the adoption fee is usually less than the cost of microchipping, vaccinating and spaying or neutering.
Private rescues that focus on shih tzus may be the most likely to have dogs available, but these are also often a little more expensive and may not participate in fee-waived programs. Municipal shelters are more likely to have fee-waived adoptions but it may be harder to find a shih tzu. Shih tzus may also be offered for free through classified advertising in newspapers or websites, but this can be a dangerous way to get a free shih tzu because these dogs often come with health and behavioral problems.